Jasminne Mendez

Performing Art – Houston

Jasminne Mendez is an award winning author, performance poet, actress, and teacher. She is a graduate of University of Houston where she received both her B.A. in English Literature and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She captivates audiences through the passion and energy of her words and voice and enjoys performing for both old and young audiences alive. Mendez has performed her poetry in venues all around Houston, including the MFAH, Rice and the Alley Theatre. She has shared the stage with respected writers and poets, notably, Sandra Cisneros and Taylor Mali. Mendez has been published both nationally and internationally and her first multi-genre memoir Island of Dreams won the Latino Book Award for Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book. She is currently at work on her second memoir Thick Skinned and hopes to publish it by the end of 2015.